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Community Connect

April 2024

Welcome to Community Connect. Community Connect is the monthly Newsletter of the Mapleton and District Community Association.

Community Website What's On News

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Message from our President

As you may have seen in Community Connect, our websites, social media or on posters in the village, MADCA recently hosted a successful Community Planning Workshop to discuss Mapleton's future. The workshop (pictured) was open to all community members. Participants brainstormed ideas on how to make our community even better, with over 50 proposals generated.

I would like to thank everyone who participated, especially those who volunteered their expertise. A big thanks to the Mapleton School for their support. Look for more details in this newsletter, and if you'd like to join a working group, contact the MADCA Secretary at Together, let's make Mapleton thrive!

Finally, feedback about Community Connect and our websites are welcome and should be sent to:

Max Standage, MADCA President

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Parking Survey Feedback
MADCA conducted a parking survey in August 2023 to gather opinions on parking in Mapleton’s center.

The majority of respondents were local residents over 45, with frequent parking needs mostly for short durations. The survey revealed a balanced view on parking sufficiency, with 55% finding it adequate and 45% disagreeing.

Free parking emerged as the top priority, followed by improved safety. There was also notable support for expanding off-street parking.

Popular suggestions included road widening, adding a pedestrian crossing, and increasing off-street parking options. Opinions varied from maintaining the status quo to enhancing safety and increasing parking availability, with disability parking being a common concern. There was no support for metered parking or time limits.

MADCA is seeking feedback from the community on options put forward by the community. Have your say on these options by visiting the Survey Feedback questionnaire by clicking the button below or visiting the MADCA website.

More Information

Access the Questionaire

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Commemorate Our Service Men and Women
On April 25th, communities across Australia and the world will gather to remember the bravery and sacrifice of all those who have served our country.

Dawn Service: 5:30am, Montville Memorial Gates
Anzac Parade: 9.45am, Corner Wilga Court & Flaxton Drive
Main Service: 10.00am, RSL Memorial Park, Mapleton
Dawn Service: 5:15am, WW1 Memorial Walls
Anzac Day March: 8:55am, Corner Ann St & Howard St
Main Service: 9:05am, Quota Memorial Park

Members of the community who wish to lay a wreath at either service please email or phone 0427263595.

For more information

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GI Challange
Sunshine Coast's Generation Innovation (GI Challenge), an entrepreneurship program for 15-21 year olds, is celebrating its 10th year with a bigger program. Since 2015, GI Challenge has helped young people turn ideas into businesses. This year's program kicks off on July 15th and boasts a special launch event, more mentoring, new program features, and a $20,000 prize package. Applications are open now and close on May 13th. Don't miss out!

For more information

More Grant Opportunities

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Lucas Parklands to Close
Lucas Parklands recently held a "Long Weekend of Music" featuring cellist Sam Lucas and pianist Berta Brozgul at which Ian Lucas announced that after 17 years, they are selling this unique venue.

Despite the upcoming sale, Lucas Parklands has an impressive upcoming calendar featuring renowned musicians such as Piers Lane AO and Konstantin Shamray.

For more information

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Council Election Ends
Sunshine Coast Local Government elections were held on Saturday, 16 March 2024. David Law retained his seat in Division 10 following a recount. Winston Johnston was re-elected in Division 5. Rosanna Natoli was elected mayor.

Full Results

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Sunshine Coast Biosphere Awards!
Do you know someone who makes a positive difference in our Community? Nominate them for the Sunshine Coast Biosphere Community Awards!

Previously known as the Australia Day Awards, these awards recognise outstanding contributions by individuals, community groups, and businesses. Categories include Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, and environmental stewardship.

Nominations close April 30th. For more information and to nominate, visit Sunshine Coast Council's website.

For more information

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Community Forum News
The Sunshine Coast Community Forum (SCCF) discussed key priorities for the region's future. These include accessible transport, supporting youth development, affordable housing, and capitalizing on the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.

A major focus was ensuring a skilled workforce. Discussions addressed challenges like limited public transport and rising costs affecting training affordability. Solutions included Fee-Free TAFE and promoting industry involvement in schools.

The Department of Education presented its programs to prepare students for future careers. The Department of Employment and TAFE Queensland showcased training options, with TAFE highlighting the importance of vocational education (VET) for young people.

A new Regional Jobs Committee was formed to address workforce shortages and promote local opportunities through collaboration between industry and government.

More Information

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Community Strategic Workshop
MADCA held a strategic workshop on March 24th with more than 30 participants from across the community brainstorming ways to improve the community.

Six key areas emerged: infrastructure, transport, facilities, planning, recreation, and environment. Around 50 actionable ideas were generated, with participants voting on their priorities for action.

Working groups will be formed to develop implementation plans, focusing on initiatives like a Montville walkway, marked walking trails, and improved public facilities.

If you would like to join a working group, please contact the MADCA Secretary at

More Information

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Be Prepared: Free P-CEP Workshops.
People with disability are more vulnerable to hazard events and are up to four times more likely to die during disasters than others.

The Council, in partnership with the Queenslanders With Disability Network (QDN), is offering Free Emergency Preparedness Workshops in May and June!

These interactive workshops, presented by and for people with a disability, will show participants how to create a personalised emergency plan:

Workshop locations:

  • Beerwah
  • Maroochydore
  • 1 x online workshop

All workshops are free, inclusive and accessible.

More Information and to Book

General Community Safety Information

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Taste of the Hinterland
The Blackall Range Lions Club will host a highlight on the Range calendar, Taste of the Hinterland, on 3 May, 4.30 to 6.30 at the Barn. Tickets are $25 and will be on sale later this week at the Post Offices and the Barn.

Visitors are encouraged to taste and buy some of the tempting products that our producers are showcasing for us. The more purchases you make, the more raffle chances you have, and the prizes are scrumptious!

Free drink on arrival and further drinks may be purchased from the Barn. The Barn will also provide some nibbles to sustain you between tastings.

The Parkinson’s Support Group will have a raffle and will be selling their delicious honey, and lemon butter.

Bring your friends along for a Taste of the Hinterland.

Information about the Lions

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Calling all young dinosaur enthusiasts!
Sunshine Coast Libraries are hosting a roaring good time these school holidays with dino-themed activities. Join them for puppet shows, stop-go animation workshops, board game battles, and a dino egg hunt! Let your imagination take flight and create your own prehistoric world. They have workshops at all their branches.

Register for a special holiday pack and build a Solar Flower Kit. Don't miss out on the fun at Nambour Library on Friday, April 5th and 12th!

Full Program and to Book

Coming Up

Fri 12th Apr - Sun 14th Apr - Nambour Expo

Unleash your inner explorer at the Nambour Expo 2024, featuring auto and 4WD accessories, caravans, campers, trailers, boating and much more.

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Fri 12th Apr - Probus Meeting

Probus meets on the second Friday of the month at the Mapleton Bowling Club at 10am till 12 noon.

More About Probus

Sat 13th Apr - Montville Market

DIscover handcrafted treasures, fresh produce and tasty treats from local growers and makers. 7am - 12pm.

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Wed 17th Apr - Mapleton Community Crop Swap

Crop Swap runs all months of the year, including holiday season, on the 3rd Wednesday from 9.00 a.m. at the TOSH pavilion. The best way to remain up to date with happenings is always by regularly attending the meet. This is a support group in a small community, and nothing can match the value of coming together in person to exchange provisions, knowledge and experiences, and enjoy each other's company.

Sat 20th Apr - First Nations Family Fun Day

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Bankfoot House, 1998 Old Gympie Road, Glass House Mountains QLD. Immerse yourself in Sunshine Coast's rich heritage with Kabi Kabi and Jinibara Peoples! Join their fun-filled day of cultural games, dancing, and crafts for all ages. Savor bush tucker treats and enjoy breathtaking Mt Tibrogargan views. Celebrate "Connections" at this Australian Heritage Festival event, building community through shared respect for culture and history. Explore the precinct's old house, exhibition, and "Shed" for a complete heritage journey!

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Mon 22nd Apr - Earth Day

This year's theme is "Planet vs. Plastics." Join the global movement to reduce plastic use, support a UN treaty to tackle plastic pollution, and end fast fashion. Together we can create a healthier planet for all.

More Information

Thu 25th Apr - Anzac Day

Local Anzac Events

Dawn Service: 5:30am, Montville Memorial Gates
Anzac Parade: 9.45am, Corner Wilga Court & Flaxton Drive
Main Service: 10.00am, RSL Memorial Park, Mapleton
Dawn Service: 5:15am, WW1 Memorial Walls
Anzac Day March: 8:55am, Corner Ann St & Howard St
Main Service: 9:05am, Quota Memorial Park

More Information

Fri 26th Apr - Pademelon Survey

Join the Mary Cairncross team for their seasonal survey of the red-legged pademelons in Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. 7.30am-9.30am. Registration required.

To register

Sat 27th Apr - Mapleton Country Market

8am – 12pm at the Mapleton State School, Mapleton.

Enjoy delicious food, organic sourdough, bunya nut pesto, fresh produce, jams and chutneys, honey, handmade toys, leather, clothing, arts and crafts made with love and so much more.

Enjoy live music while sipping on a barista made coffee.  Our local Blackall Range Lions Club will be cooking up a storm with bacon and egg rolls and sausage sizzle.

Mon 29th Apr - Mapleton History Group

5.30pm – 7.30pm at the Green Room, Mapleton Public House.

The next meeting of the Mapleton History Group with Tony Millroy will be on Monday 29 April at 5:30pm - 7:30pm (please note the earlier time), in The Green Room of the Mapleton Public House.

The bar will be open for the purchase of drinks before the meeting and during the interval break. A light snack will be served. A gold coin donation will be appreciated.

Wed 1st May - MADCA General Meeting

6.30pm for 7pm. Monthly General meeting of the Mapleton and District Community Association at the Mapleton Bowls Club.

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Wed 1st May - 1st June Mary Valley Food Festival

GourMay Mary Valley Food Festival 2024. A celebration of Mary Valley growers, producers and creators Breakfasts, dinners, farm tours, family fun day, tasting day, workshops, art, music and much more. A month full of events in the Mary Valley.

More information

Fri 3rd May - Lions Taste of the Hinterland

Taste of the Hinterland, on 3 May, 4.30 to 6.30 at the Barn. Tickets are $25 and will be on sale later this week at the Post Offices and the Barn. The Parkinson’s Support Group will have a raffle and will be selling their delicious honey, and lemon butter.

More information

Sat 4th May - Mon 6th May - Maleny Wood Fetival

Celebrate 25 years of sustainable woodworking at the Maleny Wood Expo! This Barung Landcare fundraiser (May 4-6) offers fun activities for all ages, a national woodworking competition, and proceeds that support future events and environmental projects. Don't miss it!

More information

Fri 10th May - Probus Meeting

Probus meets on the second Friday of the month at the Mapleton Bowling Club, Post Office Road, Mapleton at 10am till 12 noon. Email for further details about Probus.

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